JOHN RONALD'S DRAGONS by Caroline McAlister
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"Since the likeliest audience for this is kids who have seen the Hobbit films, it's a good reminder that the book came first. (afterword, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The story of a boy who dreamed of dragons and found a way to bring them to life. Read full book review >
STAND UP AND SING! by Susanna Reich
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 21, 2017

"While not a comprehensive treatment of Seeger's life, this is an excellent introduction; read and sing along—loudly. (author's note, quotation sources, selected sources) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
In the world of American folk music, Pete Seeger stood tall and proud in his unflinching, lifelong commitment to human rights and dignity. Read full book review >

VILONIA BEEBE TAKES CHARGE by Kristin L. Gray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 17, 2017

"A humorous, poignant, realistic debut story about a very responsible little girl who's a 'force of nature.' (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fourth-grader Vilonia takes on more than she bargains for trying to prove she's responsible enough to adopt a dog. Read full book review >
NOODLEHEADS SEE THE FUTURE by Tedd Arnold
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"Two delightfully dense heroes bring folk tales into the 21st century, and young readers are all the richer for it. (Graphic early reader. 5-9)"
Two thickheaded macaroni noodles prove the old adage: a fool and his firewood are soon parted. Read full book review >
LET'S ESTIMATE by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"There are a few arid patches and some illustration-audience mismatch, but the value—and enjoyment—of rounding and estimating courses through it. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Estimating and rounding: two great, everyday mathematical tools. Read full book review >

HARD ROCK by Ginger Rue
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2017

"If there were a reality show called Real Housewives of Tuscaloosa: The Middle School Years, this might suffice as the print version. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This second book of the Tig Ripley series continues as Tig and her all-girl band, Pandora's Box, struggle with middle school drama. Read full book review >
RED CLOUD by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"An impressive amount of information movingly and handsomely conveyed. (Biography. 9-12)"
The Oglala Lakota chief Red Cloud saw the disintegration of resistance against the United States Cavalry on the Great Plains at the end of the 19th century. Read full book review >
BOTANICUM by Kathy Willis
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Not encyclopedic but reasonably systematic: a big, decorative, eye-filling survey. (index, websites) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A large-format tour of the plant world, organized into seven "galleries" of related types. Read full book review >
KINGS OF THE COURT by Alison Hughes
Released: March 14, 2017

"Contrivances aside, a good-hearted story of gladiators, kings, and kids with dreams. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sameer and Vijay are not great basketball players, but they loyally find ways to contribute to their junior high school team. Read full book review >
SMARTY MARTY STEPS UP HER GAME by Amy Gutierrez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Light on actual baseball action, but the empowerment message comes through loud and clear. (author interview) (Fiction. 8-10)"
A bully's threats complicate a young baseball lover's chance to try her hand at announcing. Read full book review >
CATCHING AIR by Sneed B. Collard III
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though some of the individual animals might be found in other titles, bringing them all together as gliders here makes the book worth a look. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Southeast Asian Draco lizards, North American flying squirrels, and Australian sugar gliders: what do they have in common? Read full book review >
TOP DOGS by Elizabeth MacLeod
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 14, 2017

"Excellent information presented in a frustrating and distracting jumble. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Dogs have played a role in human history for eons. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >